Schiit Modius DAC Review and Measurements

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  1. Alcophone

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    Not saying it's needed, but there are micro USB cables from "audiophile" vendors, at least Wireworld (up to 3m) and Audioquest (up to 5m).
     
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    SE out sucks. Weird indistinct bass quality. Bass doesn't hit at the same pace as rest of the spectrum. Some instruments sound blunt/fat/lacking microdynamics.
    SE out manages to sound fat (upper bass and lower mids) shouty (midrange) and thin (treble) all at the same time. Its a bad lifeless DAC from SE out. You are better off the enog pro dac that uses same DAC chip but sounds quite a bit better from it's SE outs. Enog has it's own set of problems though (somewhat u shaped, soft bass and built in depth effect that sounds tad artificial at times ), yet overall presentation is good with better resolution than modius SE out

    Bal out from Modius is good. It still has some bass issues (somewhat one note similar to the 4490 akm), the treble is tad thin at times and there is some dryness midrange onwards. It's strengths are good heft, very nice resolution, realistic/proportionate staging, no center hole, very clean blackground. While the resolution is good it's still not as continuous/complete sounding as the multibit dacs. There is still some emptiness where the multibit dacs would have information resolved.
    Oh and its vastly better than the Bifrost Multibit 1

    PS: Hadn't expected this, but AES>> Coax. AES sounds beefier , deeper and even finer grain\microdynamics
    Both Coax and AES were tested using same pci card
     
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    Anyone experienced any trouble running Modius on win 8.1 via usb?
    I tried my laptop, old desktop and even prehistoric laptop with win 7 on it. Unison Modius only appears in Device manager as unknown device. It just doesn´t appear as a playback device (no, it´s not just hidden). Already tried running it from a single usb as well as with external power. I even ran to a shop for a new microusb cable thinking that could be a problem, it wasn´t..

    So far I´m able to run signal through usb only from my android phone via short otg cable, sounds great but I´d appreciate more convenience :D
     
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    Dude, Unison only supports Windows 10 (for windows based machines).

    It’s right in the FAQs: https://www.schiit.com/products/modius
     
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    Unison requires Windows 10. From Schiit's Modius site: "Windows 10 is plug and play with our DACs. We do not provide drivers for earlier versions of Windows."
     
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    OMG, I´m an idiot..
    Ehm, will consider swapping to win10 then lol.
    Or do you think there is any chance drivers for older windows will be available?

    Until then, running via tosling feeding THX789 sounds pretty sweet :)
    Noticeably more detail than from my D50S.
     
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    Win 8.1 pro - It shows as Schiit Unison Modius in dev manager. However it's unable to find the drivers. With win10 it was plug and play
     
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    Nope not gonna happen, atleast from Schiit direct they've been very clear on that.
     
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    Got my Modius in yesterday. Spent the arvo ABing with my Eitr>Modi Multibit stack. I don't have heaps to add to what others have said, the differences are exactly as reported. You lose a touch of that MB magic (depth/realism/3D etc.) but in return you get better resolution and clarity. The Modius is also a little less dark than the Modi Multibit, although maybe that's an effect of the clarity?

    The one thing I will add is that I was expecting that I'd prefer the the Modi Multibit. I preferred the MB DAC module in the Jot to the Modi 3, depsite it's limitations, because of that MB magic. But I actually definitely preferred the Modius. The resolution/clarity more than makes up for what you lose IMO. There's obviously a subjective element to that but IMO Modi Multibit users should consider Modius as a potential upgrade if they don't have the budget to jump higher up the scale.
     
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    Absolutely loving my modius. Enjoying over and over again. This is my first real dac (after the Fulla 2, which I don't think really counts) and I love it. Wonder how long it'll stay in my system or if I've gotten hooked. Running through an Emotiva A-100 for now...
     

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